My 147 daytime lights project
Due to laws obliging me to have lights on for 24h (or to fit DRL as new cars have) I decided to fit/modify DRL lights on my 147. I didnít like the options of using dipped beam during daytime. Mainly because dipped beam turns on dashboard lights what dims the displays (board computer and radio). It is not easy to replace blown bulbs in the dashboard neither (mainly AC bulbs). Fitting separate DRLs the front of the car wasnít an option for me as I didnít want to spoil the design of the front and mainly I am not a fan of those LED strips everybody is fitting to their cars here. Looks so chav. Doesnít even look good on AudisÖ
So I decided to fit H1 HID kit into the fog lamps on the 147 and wire them on separate switch into the cabin so that I donít need to switch on my dipped beam. Reasons:
- I donít use my fogs at all anyway and I will not lose ability to use them by this at all.
- No spoilt design with bolt on DRL kits.
- HID will last quite long, so no blowing bulbs and bulb changing issue (bumper removal on GTA).
- As DRLs are used only at daylight, I am not really afraid to blind anybody with a HID kit.
- I already had an unused H7 HID kit so I just needed to get H1 bulbs instead of H7.
- No stupid Audi LED look
- As fogs are integrated into headlamps on 147, nobody will really notice during daylight that I have fogs on, everybody thinks its dipped beam. And I wonít use them in the dark of course.
- With separate wiring I donít need to switch on the main lights = my dashboard lights will not be on = trip computer and radio displays wonít dim = I will be finally able to read them during sunny days
- 147 looks sexy with those small fogs in the very corners of the headlamps
There is not much to describe on the fitting. I removed the bumper, lights, fitted the HID bulbs into the fogs and passed cables out through their covers. The ballast and starter were fitted into the front strut:
As I didnít want to lead the xenon power wire from the cabin I installed a switching relay to the engine bay that controls them and powers them directly from battery through a fuse and I am switching the relay by a single cable going to the cabin to a rocker switch installed in the dash (close to ASR off button).
And here is the finished result:
For my TS I am planning to keep halogen H1 in the fogs and just to wire them in the same way. Itís easier to replace the blown bulbs on TS as on GTA so no need for xenons here
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